The Kronos Quartet's latest cross-cultural exploration finds the band collaborating with master musicians from Afghanistan and Azerbaijan. Jay Blakesberg. hide caption

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Pianist Adam Neiman performs Chopin's Ballade No. 4 in NPR Studio 4A. Courtesy of Adam Neiman hide caption

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Canadian violinist James Ehnes won a Grammy in 2008 for his recording of Barber's Violin Concerto. courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Hercules had perfect abs. For that reason and a few others, this statue of him stands in Florence, Italy. iStock hide caption

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American pianist Earl Wild performs at his 90th-birthday recital at Carnegie Hall. courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Gabriel Prokofiev's Concerto for Turntables & Orchestra offers an urban twist on classical traditions. Non-classical Records hide caption

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Teddy Pendergrass performs in London in 1982. Redferns hide caption

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The vocal group Trio Mediaeval sings old and new Christmas carols from its native Norway in NPR's Studio 4A. Asa M. Mikkelsen hide caption

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